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Despite ICC World Test Championship final loss, Kane Williamson is all praise for Virat Kohli and co

Team India is reeling from the loss in the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand last week. However, despite India's tough outing, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson has come up with huge acclaim and praise for Virat Kohli and his boys.

Despite ICC World Test Championship final loss, Kane Williamson is all praise for Virat Kohli and co-ayh
Auckland, First Published Jun 29, 2021, 2:58 PM IST
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The Indian cricket team continues to reel from the tough outing and luck against New Zealand, as it climbed to an eight-wicket loss in the ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton last week. As a result, New Zealand has been crowned the king of Test cricket, winning the Test Championship mace and retaining the number one spot in the format.

Meanwhile, following the winning effort, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson expressed his happiness, besides being "proud to achieve a win". However, despite India finishing as the runner-up, nothing could be taken away from the side.

At the same time, Williamson rated Virat Kohli and his boys a "formidable" and a "truly great side". Also, he was wary that a one-off final did not tell the entire story of this Indian side.

"In sport, when you have tournaments and finals, these are set up in a way to provide excitement and opportunity in a one-off game. It never really tells the whole picture. As we know, this Indian team is a formidable side. They truly are a great side," he told India Today.

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"We are proud to have achieved a win in this match, but that takes nothing away from the quality that India had in their team, how strong they are year in and year out. I have got absolutely no doubt they will win plenty, plenty more," he added.

Speaking further, Williamson stated that it was primarily due to Kyle Jamieson's magical bowling that got the better of Kohli and Chetershwar Pujara, helping his side stay in the driver's seat. Nevertheless, he did not take anything away from India and its bowling departments, stating that its seam and pace attacks were highly "relentless".

"You feel the quality every time you come up against them. They are relentless with the ball. The seam bowling depth in the world is probably the best in the world. Their spinners, they are incredible bowlers and the batting perhaps need no mention; it's world-class. And, the depth they have been creating," he reckoned.

"It's the passion that the country brings to the sport. Although I play for a different country, I think we can all appreciate the passion they bring to the game. It's rewarding for everybody that plays the game," he concluded.

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